Bruce Rutherford - Political Science Faculty - Colgate University

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Bruce Rutherford

Associate Professor of Political Science
Political Science, 121 Persson Hall
p 315-228-7754


Ph.D. in Political Science, Yale University, 1999. MALD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; BA in Political Economy, Williams College.


Specialties: Politics of the Middle East; Egyptian Politics; Islam and Politics; Comparative democratic transitions.

Awards & Fellowships

Picker Fellowship from the Colgate University Research Council, March 2010.  This fellowship supported field research in Egypt and Lebanon in Spring 2011.

Harvard Law School, Visiting Research Fellow, Islamic Legal Studies Program,Spring and Summer 2006.

American Research Center in Egypt, Research Associate, Fall 2005.

Colgate University, received 11 Torch Medals from graduating seniors in recognition of teaching and mentorship.  May 2014.

Colgate University, nominated for the Phi Eta Sigma “Professor of the Year” award for outstanding teaching.  2002-03, 2003-04, 2007-08, 2012-13.

Colgate University, “Professor of the Month” award for outstanding teaching from the Colgate Student Government Association.  January 2003.

Princeton University, Visiting Research Fellow, Center of International Studies. 2001-02.

Princeton University, Visiting Research Fellow, Institute for Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia.  Academic year, 2000-2001.

Yale University, dissertation nominated by the political science department for the Gabriel Almond prize of the American Political Science Association, May 1999.

Social Science Research Council, Dissertation Fellowship, June - August, 1995.  Supported field research in Cairo, Egypt.

J. William Fulbright Program (IIE), Dissertation Fellowship, June 1994 - May 1995.  Supported field research in Cairo.

American Research Center in Egypt, Dissertation Fellowship, 1994-1995.  Declined in favor of Fulbright fellowship.

Yale Center for International and Area Studies, Arabic Language Fellowship, June - August, 1994.  Supported advanced study in Cairo of the style of Arabic used in court opinions.

Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA), The American University in Cairo. Arabic language fellowship, June 1993 - May 1994. Supported twelve months of advanced Arabic language training in Cairo.


Egypt after Mubarak: Liberalism, Islam, and Democracy in the Arab World, Princeton University Press, (2008). Re-issued with a new 50-page introduction in 2013.

Article in peer-reviewed journal:
“What Do Egypt’s Islamists Want? Moderate Islam and the Rise of Islamic Constitutionalism.”The Middle East Journal. 60:4 (Autumn 2006), 707-731.

Chapters in Edited Volumes:
“What Do Egypt’s Islamists Want? Moderate Islam and the Rise of Islamic Constitutionalism in Mubarak’s Egypt,” in Mehrzad Boroujerdi (ed.) Mirror for the Muslim Prince: Islam and the Theory of Statecraft. Syracuse University Press, 2013.

“Surviving under Rule by Law: Explaining Ideological Change in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood,” in Said Arjomand and Nathan Brown (eds.) Constitutionalism, the Rule of Law, and the Politics of Administration in Egypt and Iran. Albany: SUNY Press, 2013.

“Egypt: The Origins and Consequences of the January 25 Uprising,” in Mark Haas and David Lesch (eds.), The Arab Spring: Change and Resistance in the Middle East. Boulder: Westview Press, 2012, 35-63.

"Can an Islamic Group Aid Democratization?" in John W. Chapman and Ian Shapiro (eds.) Democratic Community. New York University Press, 1993.

Articles in non-peer reviewed journals
“Egypt: Navigating an Uncertain Transition,” Great Decisions, 2013. This is a 7,000 word essay commissioned by the Foreign Policy Association (FPA) for its annual volume on global affairs, Great Decisions. This volume is distributed to the 40,000 members of the FPA and serves as the basis for group discussions in its numerous chapters throughout the country.

“Egypt: Key Ally in the Middle East,” Great Decisions, 2009.